The Bradninch Under-13s entertained Countess Weir at Kensham Park and below is coach/manager Chris Piper’s report.
A very friendly and understanding Countess Weir Under-13s team, managed by the jovial Mark Burnard, came to Kensham Park with the intent of having some fun and playing a bit of decent cricket. Both these objectives were clearly achieved, despite an almost continuous light (and sometimes heavy) ‘Bradninch drizzle’. Predictably, this Sunday was going to be a difficult day to get a full team together, due to the fact that it was (and still is) Father’s Day! Countess Weir turned up with a eleven and Bradninch played seven….but this was to deter no one, as Mark Burnard very graciously leant us a couple of fielders.
Bradninch batted first and unusually, our almost invincible opening pair of Sam Leathes and Charlie Putt, were under pressure from some accurate bowling from the Weir’s bowlers, headed up by Devon girls’ player, Jo-Jo Bayliss. In came Peter Smith and Charlie Piper and both of them managed to see off the bowling for six or seven overs, although not making a load of runs. No matter, as we had the very useful Mr. Wides helping us out. Peter Smith batted on for a useful score and the tail wagged when Fran Piper (making a comeback match from her self-imposed retirement) knocked off three fours to remind us that, although hockey and cricket are not that compatible, a good eye for the ball is a useful thing, however unorthodox the cricket shot!
So, Bradninch came back in for ‘elevenses’ after their 20 overs, with 89 on the board (all-out for six wickets). Countess Weir’s reply was slow to start and our captain, Sam Leathes, bowled an immaculate spell (five overs) to stem the flow. Peter Smith grabbed a well-deserved wicket, as did Fran Piper. There was some very decent fielding as well (notably Dexter Maclandleish) and it took the Weir until the seventeenth over to draw past our score and this was very largely down to an excellent innings from Devon’s Jo-Jo Bayliss. Interestingly, Countess Weir bowled more wides than Bradninch!
Bradninch are a fast-improving team and everyone is making a valuable contribution. They are a delightful bunch of children who are playing with great enthusiasm. As I said last time, running between the wickets, calling, backing up and sliding the bat in on the run-in are all things that need to be worked on. We could have added a further ten runs to our total and also lost a couple of wickets a bit later on, if the guys (and girl!) had remembered what they have been taught on Fridays. I would like to thank those parents who ‘supplied’ children at the last minute – which meant that we could come up with seven players rather than just five! Thanks, as always to Dave [Lautaro] for umpiring and Vinny for the teas. Zoë (P) came up trumps to join Vinny in the kitchen and so we had a crack-squad of ‘workers’ to support the children – as always.
This week’s team was as follows: Samuel Leathes (capt.), Charlie Putt (wk), Fran Piper, Josh Kennedy, Charlie Piper, Peter Smith and Dexter Maclandleish.
The next match for the under 13’s is MONDAY, 27th JUNE at HOME – 6.15 Start –
PLEASE COULD EVERYONE WHO IS AVAILABLE FOR THIS MATCH PLEASE LET ME KNOW OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS. IF I DON’T HEAR FROM YOU, I WILL ASSUME THAT YOU ARE NOT AVAILABLE.